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Heavyweight: 2013, Feb 18-24

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2013 by danboxing
#17 Denis Boytsov apparently wasn’t scared off by legal threats from his all but defunct promoter Universum, as he did indeed fight in Schwerin on Saturday.  His originally announced opponent, Marcelo Nasimento, fell through for some reason, and was replaced by slightly lower-level low-level journeyman Samir Kurtagic.  Boytsov didn’t exactly rock the house, it would appear, as Kurtagic won as many as two rounds on one judge’s scorecard.  Persistent hand injuries and terrible promotion have turned Boytsov from a guy being mentioned as one of the best hopes to dethrone the Klitschkos into a practically forgotten man.

 

No changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (191-404-404)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- UD12 Mariusz Wach (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Still no word on Wlad’s April 6 opponent, but his new trainer James Ali Bashir stated publicly that he believes Pulev and David Price to be the division’s only real threats.
1) Vitali Klitschko (228-228-228)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO4 Manuel Charr (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With 2013 in full swing, we’re still waiting on Vitali’s decision to fight on or retire.
2) David Haye (32-32-32)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO5 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
Haye has indicated that a fight with Vitali may be the only fight that would lure him away from re-retiring. 
3) Steve Cunningham (9-9-9)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- L (SD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
The judges denied him what should have been a shot at Kubrat Pulev by robbing him against Adamek, but there appears to be justice in the world, as Cunningham appears likely to get a comparable opponent in #6 Tyson Fury, on April 20.  The likely fight would be on big NBC during the afternoon, from MSG.
4) Alexander Povetkin (32-278-278)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- TKO2 Hasim Rahman (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Wlad appears to be avoiding Povetkin, in something of a role-reversal.  Povetkin’s team is fighting it, but Wlad has successfully requested a voluntary defense before having to fight him.
5) Tomasz Adamek (9-148-148)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- W (SD12)* vs. CW #4 Steve Cunningham (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Adamek is acting erratic lately, I think it’s fair to say.  First he gets busted drunk driving, and now he has turned down the Pulev shot that he “won” by “beating” Cunningham, claiming to have a much more lucrative offer to fight an unknown opponent in Poland- an offer that all the major Polish networks claim to have no part of.
6) Tyson Fury (9-83-83)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- UD12 Kevin Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/20/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Fury is looking to fight in the US on April 20, with the opponent likely being the formidable Steve Cunningham.
7) Eddie Chambers (9-36-36)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Chambers appeared set to fight Lebedev at cruiserweight, but it now appears that Lebedev will fight Guillermo Jones, instead.
8) Kubrat Pulev (9-42-119)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- KO11 Alexander Ustinov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With Adamek running scared, Pulev will reportedly defend his EBU title in March or April.  Next, he might expect either a mandatory shot at Wlad or- more likely- an eliminator against Adamek’s replacement, who rumor has it may be prospect and Adamek stablemate Bryant Jennings.
9) Dereck Chisora (9-64-127)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- L(TKO5) vs. David Haye (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/16/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Chisora is penciled in for the big Frank Warren event on 3/16 in London.  The only obstacles at this point are securing an opponent and getting his license back.
10) Johnathon Banks (9-14-14)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- TKO2 #11 Seth Mitchell

Next Fight: Unknown
Banks broke his thumb in sparring, scuttling the Mitchell rematch.
11) Odlanier Solis (9-143)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD12 Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/22/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Solis’ promoter- with whom he seems to have healed a major rift- says they’re looking at 3/22 for the big Cuban’s return, in Berlin.
12) Marco Huck (9-52)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- W*(UD12) vs. CW #10 Firat Arslan (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Huck admits to not wanting the trilogy fight with Afolabi, but intends to go forward with it in late March or early April.  Since his last heavyweight fight was February 25, he will be removed when I publish my first update after that date, or my first update after that fight is announced at cruiser, whichever comes first.
13) Robert Helenius (9-143)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- W*(UD10) vs. Sherman Williams (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Helenius will reportedly fight Michael Sprott next, but reports that it was done for March 2 have been vehemently denied by Sauerland.
14) Alexander Dimitrenko (5-110)
Last Fight: 12/21/2012- UD8 Samir Kurtagic (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/9/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Dimitrenko is scheduled to return on March 9 in Hamburg.
15) Tony Thompson (5-143)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- L(TKO6) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: 2/23/2013- vs. David Price (UNR)
After failing to take the title from Wlad, Thompson will serve as a stepping stone to a top 10 ranking for sensational English giant David Price in a February fight in Liverpool- or at least he will if he plays along with Price’s plan.
16) Chris Arreola (5-205)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/9/2013- vs. Bermane Stiverne (UNR)
Arreola-Stiverne has been delayed yet again- this time likely owing to Andre Ward’s injury.  It will now be March 9 in Costa Mesa, California.
17) Denis Boytsov (5-192)
Last Fight: 2/17/2013- UD8 Samir Kurtagic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov appears to have won the battle of wills with Universum over whether he gets to fight or not.  Now the trick will be getting him in against worthwhile opposition.
18) Jean-Marc Mormeck (5-143)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Mormeck reports a bad shoulder injury while training for his cruiserweight fight with Wlodarczyk.  He will be unable to train for two months- at which point he’ll have been inactive for over a year.  Theoretically he could still schedule a heavyweight fight during that period, so he will retain his ranking until March, if only as a formality.
19) Vyacheslav Glazkov (5-9)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- RTD4 Tor Hamer (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/23/2013- vs. Malik Scott (UNR)
Fresh off the Hamer win, Glazkov has an intriguing match with undefeated prospect Malik Scott, a 32 year old who took 3 years off leading up to 2012.
20) Bermane Stiverne (5-5)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/9/2013- vs. #16 Chris Arreola
Stiverne’s fight with Arreola is now scheduled for 3/9.  I haven’t been counting, but this is at least the 3rd or 4th scheduled date for the fight.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  Welcome to a rather busy week at Heavyweight.

 

Tuesday: Gatekeeper-level Czech Ondrej Pala fights a weak and inexperienced Belorussian journeyman named Yuri Bihoutseu in Minsk, Belarus.

 

Friday: In Galati, Romania, Syrian fringe contender and recent Vitali Klitschko victim Manuel Charr takes on fellow one-loss prospect Yakup Saglam of Turkey.  Saglam will be coming off a 22-month layoff since his last fight, whereas Charr scored a quick stoppage over fast-sliding journeyman Konstantin Airich just 2 months ago.

 

Saturday: 2 fights and a tournament, all with the potential to affect the rankings:

 

In Liverpool, local undefeated and sensational giant/prospect David Price takes a huge step up against American #15 contender Tony Thompson.  This will be Price’s first foray into top 25 opposition.  If he’s as good as he’s looked in scoring 9 consecutive knockouts (even as his competition has improved), Price will likely be too quick for the relatively slow and robotic Thompson, and could make it an early night.  If not, Thompson might be able to find him with his slow freight trains and…well…make it an early night.  Either way, it’s a very good crossroads fight that will likely end in a knockout.

 

Meanwhile, in London, we’ve got another installment of Prizefighter International Heavyweights on our hands.  The contestants this time around include 3 underdogs from the UK: London native Audley Harrison, a former Olympic gold medalist who could only very briefly claim to be anything more than a fringe contender in the pro ranks, and who- at 41- is very clearly a mere journeyman at this stage; Martin Rogan of Belfast, also 41 and a winner of a Brits-only version of Prizefighter back in 2008 who won a razor-thin points decision over Harrison and stopped Commonwealth Champion Matt Skelton in his next two fights before being stopped in back-to-back fights with Sam Sexton and recently being destroyed by a randomly left-handed version of Tyson Fury; and London’s Ian Lewison, just 6-1-1 at 31 years old, who has never beaten anyone remotely decent, and who suffered a draw against a 2-2 fighter that’s gone 7-16 since, and a loss to a man that was winless in his previous 9 fights.  The US contributes gatekeeper Travis Walker and high-level journeyman Derric Rossy.  From Denmark comes career journeyman Claus Bertino, who is approximately on the same level as Lewison.  From Germany, Timo Hoffmann.  He was a respectable fringe contender for the majority of the 2000s, but at 38 he’s clearly a mere journeyman.  Rounding out the field is Polish fringe contender Albert Sosnowski, who was robbed of a chance at the finals in the last installment of the International Heavyweight Prizefighter.

 

I’m not a gambling man, nor am I particularly confident in my skills of prognostication, but here’s how I would handicap the field, expressed in a percentage chance of winning: Sosnowski- 35%, Walker- 31%, Rossy- 14%, Hoffmann- 6%, Harrison- 6%, Rogan- 4%, Bertino- 2%, Lewison- 2%.  Despite the 3-round format of Prizefighter fights, when you consider that there are 2 top 50 fighters in the field and another man one decent win away from that status, there seems a better than even chance for the winner to take a top 20 spot.

 

Last but not least, #19 Vyacheslav Glazkov takes on Philadelphia’s Malik Scott in a battle of undefeated prospects in Huntington, New York.

Heavyweight: 2012, Sep 10-16

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2012 by danboxing
There were several good heavyweight fighters in action this weekend, though I’m not sure I’d say there were any good matchups.  I’ll break down the action chronologically, by card:

 

Friday in Germany: Fringe contending Italian prospect Francesco Pianeta took care of business by outpointing  aged former fringe contender Francois Botha of South Africa over 10 rounds.  Seems to have been roughly an average decision, with scores ranging from 97-93 to 100-90.

 

Saturday in Moscow: #1 Vitali Klitschko did roughly as expected against Syrian fringe prospect Manuel Charr, stopping him on cuts in the 4th.  The cut in question was bleeding profusely, but it didn’t seem to be getting in Charr’s eye to any great extent and wasn’t very ugly, either.  Pretty much just a slit along the eyebrow.  I didn’t like the stoppage.  Not that Charr had much of a chance.  He was very tentative until the cut happened actually.  He seemed extremely reluctant to let his hands go, and he had also been on the deck.  Vitali, though, looked very slow to me (moreso than usual) and he got hit solidly a time or two- more than you’d expect considering his typical dominance when healthy and Charr’s lack of credentials.  It’s possible that this was Vitali’s last fight, though a Haye fight is also possible.  I, for one, think Haye would stand a pretty decent chance in that fight.  At 41, the gap in athleticism between Vitali and his younger brother has never been greater.  I’m not sure Vitali can still effectively control distance against a top contender with sufficient guts at this point (if one exists).  That being said, Vitali was fighting with his hands down completely against Charr, and obviously preferred to club his opponent like a raw caveman than to flash his skill.  It’s entirely possible that looking good in the way that I’m discussing was not in the gameplan at all.

 

The most competitive matchup of the weekend on paper was on the Moscow undercard between undefeated Ukrainian Vyacheslav Glazkov and Kazakh-born German gatekeeper Konstantin Airich.  Ultimately it was not all that competitive, as Glazkov punished Airich to a 10-round decision. 

 

In Newark, New Jersey, a pair of former cruiserweight rivals were in separate fights on the same card.  #3 Tomasz Adamek easily took care of gatekeeper Travis Walker with a 5th round stoppage, while Cruiserweight #3 Steve Cunningham- who will likely never fight in that division again- pitched a near shutout over solid journeyman Jason Gavern, losing only one round on one scorecard.  Also on the card, hot new American prospect Bryant Jennings got an easy assignment against non-entity Chris Koval, knocking the journeyman down twice and stopping him, all within 35 seconds.

 

Finally, on the non-televised Ward-Dawson undercard, 36 year-old fringe contender Franklin Lawrence continued to waste what few years he has left as an effective fighter by fighting the likes of journeyman Homero Fonseca, who quit before the 8th and final round.  This is the 3rd consecutive hapless opponent Lawrence has been matched against.

 

No changes to the rankings, despite the wealth of action.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (168-381-381)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- TKO6 #11 Tony Thompson
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. Mariusz Wach (UNR)
Klitschko-Wach is now a done deal for November 10.  Wach- a Polish prospect- is in no way worthy of a shot at the legitimate title yet, but is considered by many to be a dangerous fighter anyway due to his size and power.
1) Vitali Klitschko (205-205-205)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Manuel Charr (UNR)
With the early indications being that Vitali’s silly sparring match with Charr being his last fight, there is now plenty of buzz that he might fight Haye in March of next year.
2) David Haye (9-9-9)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO5 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
Haye has indicated that a fight with Vitali may be the only fight that would lure him away from re-retiring.  He may get his wish, as there is now talk of a March 2013 matchup.
3) Tomasz Adamek (9-125-125)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO5 Travis Walker (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/22/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Adamek once again struggled with what should have been an overmatched opponent in Travis Walker.  Walker dropped and badly hurt Adamek in the 2nd round of their fight, but Adamek rallied to return the favor late in the round and ultimately stop him in the 5th.  Credit Adamek with staying busy, though.  He’s already got a fight lined up for just before Christmas, with no lesser an opponent than Odlanier Solis being mentioned.  This would fit into the rumors of a WBC tournament to which Ustinov, Solis, Adamek, and Pulev were all invited.  Ustinov and Pulev are already scheduled for a fight.
4) Alexander Povetkin (9-255-255)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- W*(MD12) vs. CW #5 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 9/29/2012- vs. Hasim Rahman (UNR)
The Rahman fight will be broadcast in the US on Epix.  That’s a weaker than usual offering from the network, but I suppose more TV boxing is always better than less.
5) Marco Huck (9-29-29)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. CW #7 Ola Afolabi (at CW)
Next Fight: 11/3/2012- vs. CW #9 Firat Arslan (at CW)
Huck just signed for an alphabet defense against Arslan, kind of out of nowhere.
6) Tyson Fury (9-60-60)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- TKO5 Vinny Maddalone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fury is reportedly frustrated with apparently tepid interest from Chagaev after he had reportedly ruled out possible fights with James Toney and Jean Marc Mormeck.
7) Eddie Chambers (13-13-13)
Last Fight: L (UD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Chambers’ MRI revealed a torn tendon, and he had surgery to repair that.  No definite timetable has been set, but I’d be very surprised if we saw him back in the ring before early 2013.
8) Dereck Chisora (9-41-104)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- L(TKO5) vs. David Haye (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The Haye loss will be a huge setback for the already underrated Chisora.  Many will forget that he did clearly beat Helenius.
9) Robert Helenius (9-76-120)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #18 Dereck Chisora (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Helenius is now back to full training, looking to return to the ring as early as November after suffering a shoulder injury against Dereck Chisora that required surgery.
10) Kubrat Pulev (9-19-96)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- KO11 #12 Alexander Dimitrenko
Next Fight: 9/29/2012- vs. Alexander Ustinov (UNR)
Pulev will fight an eliminator against Russian giant Alexander Ustinov in late September from Hamburg.
11) Odlanier Solis (9-120)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD12 Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/12/2012- vs. Leif Larsen (UNR)
Solis is apparently scheduled to fight 37-year-old undefeated Norwegian fringe prospect Leif Larsen in Madrid, but there is also talk of him fighting Adamek in December.
12) Seth Mitchell (9-40)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- TKO3 Chazz Witherspoon (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/6/2012- vs. Johnathon Banks (UNR)
Mitchell’s injury-delayed fight with Banks has been rescheduled for October 6.  Adrien Broner will also fight on the card.
13) Ruslan Chagaev (9-304)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- TKO7 Werner Kreiskott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chagaev has a fight with Tyson Fury on the table at last check, but is currently looking for a new trainer after his split with Universum.
14) Alexander Dimitrenko (9-87)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L(KO11) vs. #17 Kubrat Pulev
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite showing the heart of a quitter and the consistency of a random number generator against Pulev, Dimitrenko hangs on to a solid ranking because the other guys in his tier haven’t been winning meaningful fights lately.
15) Tony Thompson (9-120)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- L(TKO6) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
In case any of you thought the first fight was a fluke, now you know for sure: Thompson really isn’t as good as Wlad Klitschko.
16) Chris Arreola (9-182)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola pulled out of a scheduled fight with journeyman Mike Mollo  with an injury.
17) Denis Boytsov (9-169)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov will reportedly return in October.  No exact date or opponent is known.
18) Jean-Marc Mormeck (9-120)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Bermane Stiverne (9-64)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Edmund Gerber (9-19)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD8 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Michael Sprott (UNR)
Gerber has been added to the deep Bamberg card this weekend, fighting solid journeyman Michael Sprott.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: On the weekend’s second-biggest card in Bamberg, Germany, #20 Edmund Gerber takes on steady British journeyman Michael Sprott.  While Sprott is certainly not what he was 5 years ago, when he reached the apex of his career by knocking out then-contender Audley Harrison, is still dangerous- as evidenced by his near upset of Alexander Dimitrenko last year.  Though his recent record doesn’t really show it as compared to Gerber victims Rene Dettweiler and especially Maurice Harris, I still would not discount the possibility that Sprott is the best opponent of Gerber’s career.

Heavyweight: 2012, Sep 3-9

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 7, 2012 by danboxing
#13 Ruslan Chagaev surprisingly needed 7 of the scheduled 8 rounds to stop awful journeyman Werner Kreiskott.  It’s not like Kreiskott is one of those guys that give you rounds no matter what.  He’d been stopped 7 times before, often against guys you’ll never ever hear of.  No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (167-380-380)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- TKO6 #11 Tony Thompson
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. Mariusz Wach (UNR)
Klitschko-Wach is now a done deal for November 10.  Wach- a Polish prospect- is in no way worthy of a shot at the legitimate title yet, but is considered by many to be a dangerous fighter anyway due to his size and power.
1) Vitali Klitschko (204-204-204)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Manuel Charr (UNR)
With the early indications being that Vitali’s silly sparring match with Charr being his last fight, there is now plenty of buzz that he might fight Haye in March of next year.
2) David Haye (8-8-8)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO5 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
Haye has indicated that a fight with Vitali may be the only fight that would lure him away from re-retiring.  He may get his wish, as there is now talk of a March 2013 matchup.
3) Tomasz Adamek (8-124-124)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- UD12 Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Travis Walker (UNR)
Adamek is back to his old ways, taking an early September fight against gatekeeper Travis Walker that’s little more than a hometown showcase for the New Jersey resident.
4) Alexander Povetkin (8-254-254)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- W*(MD12) vs. CW #5 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 9/29/2012- vs. Hasim Rahman (UNR)
The Rahman fight has unfortunately been rescheduled for September 29, in Hamburg.
5) Marco Huck (8-28-28)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. CW #7 Ola Afolabi (at CW)
Next Fight: 11/3/2012- vs. CW #? Firat Arslan (at CW)
Huck just signed for an alphabet defense against Arslan, kind of out of nowhere.
6) Tyson Fury (8-59-59)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- TKO5 Vinny Maddalone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fury is reportedly frustrated with apparently tepid interest from Chagaev after he had reportedly ruled out possible fights with James Toney and Jean Marc Mormeck.
7) Eddie Chambers (12-12-12)
Last Fight: L (UD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Chambers’ MRI revealed a torn tendon, and he had surgery to repair that.  No definite timetable has been set, but I’d be very surprised if we saw him back in the ring before early 2013.
8) Dereck Chisora (8-40-103)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- L(TKO5) vs. David Haye (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The Haye loss will be a huge setback for the already underrated Chisora.  Many will forget that he did clearly beat Helenius.
9) Robert Helenius (8-75-119)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #18 Dereck Chisora (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Helenius is now back to full training, looking to return to the ring as early as November after suffering a shoulder injury against Dereck Chisora that required surgery.
10) Kubrat Pulev (8-18-95)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- KO11 #12 Alexander Dimitrenko
Next Fight: 9/29/2012- vs. Alexander Ustinov (UNR)
Pulev will fight an eliminator against Russian giant Alexander Ustinov in late September from Hamburg.
11) Odlanier Solis (8-119)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD12 Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After it was announced that Solis would be fighting on the Adamek card this weekend, that fight inexplicably vanished.  Solis’ promoters seem really bad about announcing fights that never materialize.
12) Seth Mitchell (8-39)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- TKO3 Chazz Witherspoon (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/6/2012- vs. Johnathon Banks (UNR)
Mitchell’s injury-delayed fight with Banks has been rescheduled for October 6.  Adrien Broner will also fight on the card.
13) Ruslan Chagaev (8-303)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- TKO7 Werner Kreiskott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chagaev appears to be less than excited about a proposed fight with Tyson Fury.
14) Alexander Dimitrenko (8-86)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L(KO11) vs. #17 Kubrat Pulev
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite showing the heart of a quitter and the consistency of a random number generator against Pulev, Dimitrenko hangs on to a solid ranking because the other guys in his tier haven’t been winning meaningful fights lately.
15) Tony Thompson (8-119)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- L(TKO6) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
In case any of you thought the first fight was a fluke, now you know for sure: Thompson really isn’t as good as Wlad Klitschko.
16) Chris Arreola (8-181)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola pulled out of a scheduled fight with journeyman Mike Mollo  with an injury.
17) Denis Boytsov (8-168)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov will reportedly return in October.  No exact date or opponent is known.
18) Jean-Marc Mormeck (8-119)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Bermane Stiverne (8-63)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Edmund Gerber (8-18)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD8 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Not the most scintillating effort against a passive Harris, but the old man is what passes for a fringe contender in this division at the moment, and thus Gerber has built himself a ranking.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  After last week’s warm up, the division really picks up a little this week.  Fringe contending Italian prospect Francesco Pianeta gets us started on Friday, when he fights 43-year-old South African former fringe contender Frans Botha in Germany.

 

Saturday finds us with a huge slate of action.  #1 Vitali Klitschko defends his alphabet belt against perhaps the biggest joke of an undefeated heavyweight since Butterbean, nominally undefeated Syrian Manuel Charr in Moscow.  On the undercard, undefeated Ukrainian prospect Vyacheslav Glazkov takes on his toughest test to date in Kazakh-born German gatekeeper Konstantin Airich.

 

Another heavyweight-loaded card is on tap in Newark, New Jersey.  #3 Tomasz Adamek headlines it, fighting American gatekeeper Travis Walker.  Hot prospect and Adamek stablemate Bryant Jennings takes a bit of a breather from his tough matchups when he takes on the rather weak Chris Koval on that card.  Also on the bill, former Cruiserweight top contender Steve Cunningham follows through on his vow to move up in weight as he makes his heavyweight debut against solid journeyman Jason Gavern.

 

Finally, on the Ward-Dawson undercard in Oakland, fringe contender Franklin Lawrence- plagued for many months now by inactivity and poor competition, stays true to form by fighting a very mediocre and comparatively inexperienced journeyman opponent in Homero Fonseca of Texas.

Heavyweight: 2011, Oct 17-23

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 20, 2011 by danboxing
The big news this week is the retirement of last week’s #3 David Haye.  He would probably still come back for a fight with Vitali, but he announced his retirement in no uncertain terms on Thursday, and I recognize his retirement as fully effective, and therefore remove him from the rankings.  This makes room for Alexander Dimitrenko in the top 10, and for 42 year old- but resurgent- Cedric Boswell to debut at #20 on the strength of his 2011 victory over Oliver McCall and 2008 one over Roman Greenberg.

 

In actual in-ring action, former British champion Sam Sexton proved that he had no power in London on Friday by failing to stop the truly awful Remigijus Ziausys, though in fairness he only had six rounds to do it, and won each of them.  #17 (now #16) Franklin Lawrence had a fight scheduled in Nebraska that for no apparent reason did not come off.

 

For Comparison, here are the Current Ring Magazine Heavyweight Rankings:
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko
1) Vitali Klitschko
2) Alexander Povetkin
3) Tomasz Adamek
4) Eddie Chambers
5) Robert Helenius
6) Alexander Dimitrenko
7) Denis Boystov
8) Ruslan Chagaev
9) Chris Arreola
10) Kubrat Pulev

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (121-334-334)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- UD12 #2 David Haye
Next Fight: 12/10/2011- vs. #13 Jean Marc Mormeck
Wlad will fight former cruiserweight champ and current #13 contender Jean Marc Mormeck in Dusseldorf, Germany on December 10.  It’s a pretty lopsided matchup, but if you disqualify fighters already beaten by a Klitschko in the past few years, you really only have Povetkin (who bailed on a previous shot), Helenius, Fury (who doesn’t believe he’s ready yet), Dimitrenko, and Boytsov (who is rebuilding his career after various injuries) ahead of Mormeck.  Dimitrenko is coming off an embarrassingly close win over Sprott, and I’m not sure he wants his shot at this point.  Helenius, then, may be the only available challenger more eligible than is Mormeck.  Just goes to show you the extent to which the Klitschkos really have cleaned out this division.
1) Vitali Klitschko (158-158-158)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- TKO10 #6 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko wants to fight him, and there is even talk by business interests in Bern, Switzerland of bringing Valuev back to fight him there.
2) Alexander Povetkin (8-208-208)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- UD12 #6 Ruslan Chagaev
Next Fight: Unknown
Povetkin is apparently looking to fight old guys only for his next fight.  Originally it looked like a Holyfield fight was all but done, then it looked like Rahman was the guy.  It now appears there is a tentative agreement to fight 42-year-0ld #20 Cedric Boswell on December 3 in Helsinki.
3) Eddie Chambers (1-133-133)
Last Fight: 2/11/2011- UD12 Derric Rossy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #8 Tony Thompson
The Chambers-Thompson fight scheduled for a 10/28 ShoBox appearance is now off due to a Chambers back injury.  Chambers hopes to be ready to go by the end of the year.
4) Robert Helenius (1-29-73)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- TKO9 Sergei Liakhovich (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Helenius is now the mandatory for #10 Dimitrenko’s European title, and reportedly Helenius had already offered to fight Dimitrenko on the Povetkin card in Helsinki on December 3 even before that was the case.  No word on whether Dimitrenko will take the fight.  Purse bids are scheduled for October 31 if there’s no agreement.
5) Tomasz Adamek (1-78-78)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- L (TKO10) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Adamek has made an offer to fight old and inactive former contender Jameel McCline in early 2012.  Unfortunately it looks like Adamek was lying when he said he only wanted the best fights after getting dominated by Vitali.
6) Ruslan Chagaev (1-257-257)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- L (UD12) vs. #5 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Chagaev wants to fight again by the end of the year and get back on a title track.
7) Tyson Fury (1-13)
Last Fight: 9/17/2011- TKO5 Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/12/2011- vs. Neven Pajkic (UNR)
Fury will fight fellow undefeated prospect Neven Pajkic in Manchester.  Pajkic is 34 but got a late start, turning pro in 2005 at age 28.  Pajkic is a native of Bosnia, but has lived in Canada since 1996.  Considering the dubious shape in which Chisora entered the ring, Pajkic may very well be Fury’s best test to date.
8) Tony Thompson (1-73-73)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #3 Eddie Chambers
See Chambers’ comments, above.
9) Odlanier Solis (1-44-73)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
As I suspected, the rumored 10/14 fight for Solis will not happen, as he is nowhere near ready after knee surgery.
10) Alexander Dimitrenko (1-1-40)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- UD12 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko has both an offer on the table from Helenius and a mandatory obligation to fight him in defense of his European title.  If he decides to step up to the challenge, the likely date would be December 3, in Helsinki.
11) Chris Arreola (1-135)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 Friday Ahunanya (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/5/2011- vs. Alonzo Butler (UNR)
Arreola will get back to action on November 5 in Mexico against journeyman Alonzo Butler.  I personally think he needs to start fighting contenders again.  Butler lost to Arreola’s last victim, Friday Ahunanya, in 2008.
12) Denis Boytsov (1-122)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- TKO6 Matthew Greer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Jean Marc Mormeck (1-73)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- SD12 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: 12/10/2011- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
The former cruiserweight king will fight for a legitimate championship in his 2nd weight division on December 10 in Germany.  If David Haye couldn’t do anything against Wlad, I don’t know why the guy from whom Haye took the title will fare any better, especially when he is significantly older and more used up than was the Brit.
14) Bermane Stiverne (1-17)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- TKO10 #20 Ray Austin
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite a still-thin resume, Stiverne has somehow been maneuvered into the position of being Vitali Klitschko’s WBC mandatory challenger.
15) Samuel Peter (1-73)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- L(KO9) vs. #16 Robert Helenius
Next Fight: 11/4/2011- vs. Vyacheslav Glazkov (UNR)
Peter finds himself in a quintessential crossroads fight in November when he travels to Moscow to fight Ukranian undefeated prospect Vyacheslav Glazkov.  If the Nigerian Nightmare has anything left he needs to bring it, because if he loses to the not-yet-top-50 Ukranian, his days in the top 20 will come to an end.
16) Franklin Lawrence (1-21)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- RTD7 Jason Gavern (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lawrence’s fight in Nebraska fell through on October 15 for unknown reasons.
17) Kubrat Pulev (1-49)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- UD8 Maxim Pediura (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/22/2011- vs. Travis Walker (UNR)
Pulev finally has an opponent for 10/22, and hopefully this one will stick.  Travis Walker is the guy, and he’s a borderline top-50 fighter who can punch a little bit.
18) Dereck Chisora (1-57)
Last Fight: 7/23/2011- L(UD12) vs. Tyson Fury (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chisora recently said that he expects a rematch with Fury.  I’m not sure he’s earned it based on his effort in training and his performance in the ring.
19) Timur Ibragimov (1-4)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- L (SD12) vs. #18 Jean Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: Unknown
Ibragimov returns to the rankings for the first time since May despite not having fought or scheduled a fight since then.
20) Cedric Boswell (1-1)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- UD10 Kertson Manswell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sounds like Boswell is the new frontrunner to fight Povetkin on December 3.  No contract has yet been signed, but it sounds like there’s an agreement in principal.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: This is a pretty active week.  On Friday, Australia-based Samoan fringe contender Alex Leapai battles Russian journeyman Evgeny Orlov down under, while undefeated prospect Francesco Pianeta takes on an opponent to be announced in Frankfurt, Germany.  The following evening, #17 Kubrat Pulev fights gatekeeper Travis Walker in Ludwigsburg, Germany, while giant undefeated Russian fringe contender Alexander Ustinov takes on durable journeyman Denis Bakhtov in the Ukraine.